Mike Lauer and Sebastian Berbig have been cast in starring roles: Their stage is a humble kitchen in hotel Hirschen Schoppernau. Their regular two plays to the amusement of audiences, which they perform in the Greussing’s family hotel, are aptly entitled ‘Kitchen Party’ and ‘Chef’s Table.’ Both can be attended by external guests as well. The menu comprises many delicious courses served in a relaxed ambience. Admittedly, the hype about such concept dinners has long since subsided internationally, but this works to the advantage of Lauer and Berbig in a culinarily conservative environment like the Bregenzerwald.
The “aha” effect during ‘Chef’s Table’ happens in several stages. The young duo plays house music to enliven the otherwise sober ambience of the large-scale kitchen. Then it’s on to the constantly changing wine menu. Sommelier Markus Berbig, Sebastian’s brother, is every bit the enthusiastic host, though in a best supporting actor role.
After the first appetizers and an aperitif enjoyed inside the kitchen, not unlike a selection of coming attractions before the main event, the 2-6 guests are treated to a special show featuring: Beetroot rolls filled with sour cream, herbs and macadamia nuts, paprika foam soup with homemade Wantan noodles, smoked fish (from their own smoking oven) over wild broccoli and cauliflower, a duet of pigeon, slices of venison cooked medium with truffled potatoes, or a Riebel (corn semolina mash) roulade with cheesecake ice cream – dishes which are both visually attractive and extremely tasty. In fact, they look so good on the plate that even non-instagram fans will find themselves reaching for their smartphone. Guests will surely taste the joy for experimentation with every bite. Have we whet your appetite for culinary adventure? The Chef’s Table can be booked in advance at any time, while the Kitchen Party takes place weekly as a scaled-down version. So go ahead, peak over the chef’s shoulder, taste, philosophise, exchange recipes and preparation methods, and taste fine wine! At the Chef’s table, enjoy to your heart’s content.